After killing most of the morning organizing my pins on Pinterest and waiting for the temperatures to creep up, I unhooked my bike from the trainer and headed outside for my first spring bike ride.
I stuck to the bike trail which wasn’t terribly busy. I headed north and then east before turning around about the 9.5 mile mark. I added a small out and back towards the end to make sure I would hit the 20 mile mark.
It felt great to ride outside. The miles passed by quickly and it was nice to have a breeze to keep me cool. My legs definitely were challenged a bit more with some rolling hills and stop and go. I absolutely need to start riding outside every chance I get so I can work different muscles and hit some hills.
This may or may not serve as my long ride for the week. I’m hoping to get another 20 mile or more ride tomorrow on the trainer. It’s supposed to get snowy again so I’ll have to do my peddling indoors. But I also have a dentist appointment, errands, and a bed delivery tomorrow so I’ll have to fit in any ride in the late afternoon/evening.
There’s no greater feeling than the end of a work week and knowing I have three glorious work free days ahead of me. I don’t care if the time changes this weekend and I “lose” an hour. I’m planning on sleeping until I wake up. No alarm. Woohoo!
I’m planning on a morning ride. And then I’m going to finish emptying my office so I can get the walls scrubbed. I’m hoping to get at least the ceiling painted this weekend.
My photo prints arrived today so I also will try to get some framing done too. I keep thinking “next action step” in my head. I was listening to a podcast this week about tips on overcoming procrastination. One of the tips was thinking about the very next step (no matter how small) to take in order to accomplish a task.
So for example, my goal is to repaint my office. This can seem very overwhelming with lots of work that needs to happen in order to make the painting happen. It especially seems daunting when I’m perfectly comfy on the couch browsing Pinterest and drinking coffee. It’s very easy to just keeping push it off to another day.
The idea is to think of the very next step. My goal shouldn’t be paint the office. My very next action step on my To Do list should be something smaller – empty bookshelves, pack up scrapbooking stuff. If those tasks are too big, break it down further – find boxes. Anywho, I’m sure my explanation makes it sound very silly but it in my head it makes sense.
My “next action steps” will help me get the bigger projects done – piece by piece. Podcasts can be great sometimes. They spark inspiration in the middle of a mundane work day. I’ve listened to A TON of podcasts this week. Some of my favorites…
- The Paperclipping Roundtable
- Another Mother Runner
- Manic Mommies
- Scrapowl Podcast
- One Extraordinary Marriage
- All Souls Unitarian Church
- Capturing Magic
I’m always looking for more. I really wish I could find a good gardening podcast, especially because I have Spring fever.
Anywho, I’m going to work on emptying stuff from my office. I’m really looking forward to getting it painted, going furniture shopping, and putting all my stuff back in an organized fashion!
Some nights you just have to bake Mickey shaped banana oatmeal muffins. Decent go at it. I forgot to add some spices to the recipe I found. They definitely could have used some cinnamon. And some walnuts.
I’ve felt like crud most of the day so I stayed home and haven’t done much more than play on the internet and move random things from my office to the extra bedroom. My next paint project is my office so I started emptying the place out so I can start prepping for paint.
I got about half of it emptied while also browsing photos on my computer. I placed a Smugmug order complete with Disney World prints for my office, a few travel photos for the guest room, and a few wedding photos for downstairs. Holy progress, Batman!! The real sign of progress will be getting the above photos in frames and up on the walls when they arrive!!
Brent and I decided to take a day trip to Estes Park yesterday just to get out of town for a while. Actually it was his idea, not mine. He likes to drive and “explore.”
Shortly after entering the canyon we got stopped by road work. They were blasting rocks up around the curve and we had to wait for 30 minutes before continuing on. Brent entertained us by talking about wood and calculating how much wood the guy ahead of us had on his truck.
By the time we made into Estes we were starving. You know you’re visiting a tourist town in the off-season when… We initially pulled into a restaurant parking lot and were climbing out of the car when we were informed they had just closed at 2. ”Only Sunday, Mondays, and Tuesdays though!” I wanted to ask us how that helped us at the very moment we were hungry.
So we headed for the main drag and went to Penelope’s burger joint before wandering up and down the street to shop in what few shops were open. We got some gifts purchased for a few people but had no luck finding the eagle print that I want for above the fireplace. I guess I’ll just have to keep my eyes out for it the next time we go up there.
Before leaving town, Brent drove down a road he’d never been. This is where the exploring part comes in. He’s notorious for just driving aimlessly around. I should know by now that this is his norm but I’m usually slightly irritated initially that he doesn’t hit the road for home.
In the end, we ended up on some road that dead-ended at some county campground we didn’t know existed. Upon looking things up when I got home, it turns out there is a 1/4 miles connector trail right into Rocky Mountain National Park from this campground. Looks like we’ll have a new place to camp and hike this upcoming summer! See, I just need to learn to have faith in his exploring.
Brent and I went out to dinner last night so I pushed back my ride to this morning. One hour while watching Gilmore Girls. 16 mph is a decent pace for me to maintain for an hour. I know I could be much faster if I really busted my hump. Maybe someday – not on a snowy Sunday morning.
I’m headed back up to my office to continue organizing photos. I also have to start moving stuff out of the room so it can be painted next.
I can safely say that I just read my favorite book of the entire year. I know I still have 11 more to go but this one was so good, I know it will be very hard to beat. May the Road Rise Up to Meet You made my “Top Five” favorite books of all time. I’m still in awe of the characters, the story, the writing.
Here’s the overview from Barnes and Noble:
Four unique voices; two parallel love stories; one sweeping novel rich in the history of nineteenth-century America. This remarkable debut draws from the great themes of literature—famine, war, love, and family—as it introduces four unforgettable characters. Ethan McOwen is an Irish immigrant whose endurance is tested in Brooklyn and the Five Points at the height of its urban destitution; he is among the first to join the famed Irish Brigade and becomes a celebrated war photographer. Marcella, a society girl from Spain, defies her father to become a passionate abolitionist. Mary and Micah are slaves of varying circumstances, who form an instant connection and embark on a tumultuous path to freedom.
All four lives unfold in two beautiful love stories, which eventually collide. Written in gorgeous language that subtly captures the diverse backgrounds of the characters, and interspersed with letters, journals, and dreams, this unforgettable story, rendered in cinematic detail, is about having faith in life’s great meaning amidst its various tangles.
I absolutely loved how each character, while born into entirely different worlds, each had individual talents and ambitions that kept moving them forward in life despite all of the obstacles in front of them. I loved how their stories came together and how flawlessly the author brought in so many elements of history. My history geek heart runneth over!!
I cannot recommend this book enough. I will definitely be reading it again and again and again.
When I actually remember to take pictures of things during the week, Project Life is a piece of cake to complete each week. This week was easier than the past few because I had some fun events that were easy to remember to include.
So far I am up to date on PL for 2014. I was one week behind at one point and realized how crucial it is for me to stay on top of things or lose the details of each week. I usually have a pretty good idea by the end of my weekend as to how the week’s pictures/journaling will work out.
I realize that weekly layouts are probably overkill for my simple, repetitive weeks. But my ultimate goal is to refine my process and ability to ween out the PL worthy moments and get the parts and pieces collected each week. I know (I hope) one day my life will be a bit more chaotic and eventful. I want to have already conquered some of these organizational hurdles to PL now rather than throw it all out the window later.
What have I learned thus far with Project Life?
- It would not be possible without by Canon Selphy printer. I print my photos each weekend and complete my layout right then without having to set aside an order of pictures to remember to pick up at a later date.
- When in doubt – take a picture. Something that may not seem so hugely important or notable during the week could still make for a good filler photo if I just take the picture to have “just in case.”
- I’m struggling with using the core kit from week to week. I feel like it’s really restraining me from being super creative with my weekly title cards and ephemera. It’s very hard to branch out when the core kit is restricted to four main colors.
- It’s mine. It’s very easy to compare my pages to others and think my layouts are nowhere near as elaborate and coordinated and perfect. When I finish a layout, I have to remind myself that I actually work full time and don’t have hours on end to refine my layouts to look magazine ready. They are what they are and I have to move on.
Since starting to use PL products, I’ve managed to compete a travel album with my Seattle/Vancouver trip, San Francisco trip, Idaho trip, and Boston trip. If I would have traditionally scrapped these trips to the extent that I scrapped other big events, I would still be bogged down in Seattle/Vancouver and probably have just as many page protectors filled up.
It feels great to get some “projects” off my list. Although, as easy as that is happening, I’m adding to the “To Scrap” list each time I’m in my office. Did I mention that two of my older photo albums have fallen apart? The seams between photo pockets were no more and all the photos were getting jumbled up. This is what happens when you buy the cheapest photo albums ever made from Kmart.
These photographs may just get re-sleeved in stronger page protectors or they may get the PL treatment. I haven’t decided yet. They must be photographs worth keeping though as they entertained Brent for a good couple of hours the other day while he was plopped on my office floor sifting through them all.
Anwyho… I’ve rambled enough. I have a book to finish tonight and it’s not going to read itself.
I spent another hour on the bike tonight. I’m trying to prepare for back to back long rides. Today was rough, I’m not going to lie. My quads are screaming at me. And my derrière is not happy either. Oh the joys of trying something new and pushing myself into realms I’d never thought I’d venture.
I spent some time reading post-shower. I’ll be finishing up #3 this week. I can’t say reading has been helping me get more sleep like I thought it would. I’ve had some crazy dreams lately and generally feel more exhausted than normal.
I’m actually getting most of my reading in from 6:30-7:30 in the morning. Although with better weather coming that will change to morning walks with Brink again so I’ll have to find another fitting time to read.
Anywho, my eyes are dropping as I type. Goodnight, all!